2012 Chevrolet Impala to Get New 3.6L Engine, Big Bump in Power

2012 Chevrolet Impala to Get New 3.6L Engine, Big Bump in Power

With a new Impala not set to debut for several more years, the already stale model is in serious danger of becoming as relevant as an ’80s music montage. To help combat the car’s sinking appeal, Chevrolet will debut a restyled version for 2012 with some important changes that are more than skin deep.

With a new front and rear fascia, as well as an upgraded interior with a new woodgrain trim, the biggest update comes under the hood with the addition of a new 3.6-liter V6 engine. The same powerplant found in cars like the Chevy Camaro, the engine gets variable valve timing and will replace both the old base 3.5 and the optional 3.9-liter V6.

Power is estimated to be rated at 287-hp, with 258 lb-ft of torque available from 4400 rpm. That is a significant jump from the current base car’s 211-hp output, and is also a leap forward from the LTZ’s 224-hp. In addition, that engine will come mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, (the current car still relies on a 4-speed auto-box), which is certain to deliver much-improved fuel economy.

[Source: GMI]

  • lucas

    Well, we all know that the american full size sedan is dead except for, maybe Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and dying off Caddy DTS, and the upcoming XTS. The current Impala isn’t relevant on the market yet if they sell enough of these cars to make this model profitable then who cares. It’s in the old gm style that they should be ashamed. RIP Impala.
    P.S. With no V6 Malibu, no V 8 Cadillac is there any american style sedan in their lineup? They screwed up! I guess all automotive companies should be ordered to produce compact cars with 1 litre engine and dual hybrid technology to satisfy f.. ecologists.

  • Joe Yoman

    Nice that Chevy is finally making some long over due changes to the solid Impala. Too bad they didn’t go a little further and add a telescoping steering column, NAV, a USB port and a more padded upscale dash. The 2013 Malibu not offering any V6 option is a stupid blunder and offering no mid size or full size Cadillac and no V8 engine an even bigger blunder. The almightly CAFE is going to do the same thing for 2016 that the 1973 and 1979 oil crisis did to the American car.